Sunday, March 16, 2014

Prophets of Science Fiction - H. G. Wells

Today on Far Future Horizons we present another installment of the acclaimed documentary the Prophets of Science Fiction which focuses on the life and work of H.G. Wells.

Prophets of Science Fiction is hosted by Executive Producer Ridley Scott. 

Prophets of Science Fiction: “I told you so…” H.G. Wells’ self-penned epitaph underscores a lifetime of grim, yet uncanny prophecy. With stories like The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells established himself as a sci-fi writer of almost clairvoyant talent. But Wells’ tales of hi-tech adventure belie an ominous vision of the future. Beneath the technological wonder of 1895’s The Time Machine, Wells attacks the growing class disparity in his native Britain … through a dystopian future where the ruling class literally eat their inferiors. In 1898’s Martian invasion epic, The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells makes a ghastly–and accurate–prediction that soon becomes a staple of the modern battlefield: deadly biological weapons. In 1914’s The World Set Free, scientists uncover a revolutionary power source, propelling mankind into a new age of prosperity and technological progress. But this same energy is soon turned to warfare, with next-level weapons that unleash unprecedented horrors on humanity. In this tale, H.G. Wells accurately prophesizes the advent of the atomic bomb. H.G. Wells’ frighteningly accurate predictions hold a grave warning: beware the dark side of progress. Our greatest innovations could very well become the tools of our own destruction.

A very good review by Janice Kay concerning this episode of ‘Prophets of Science Fiction: H.G.Wells’ appeared in Science Fiction.Com.

This episode of the Prophets of Science Fiction is available from

Prophets of Science Fiction - H. G. Wells 

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